Out of Harm's Way: The Extraordinary True Story of One Woman's Lifelong Devotion to Animal Rescueby Terri Crisp
From the time she was a child, picking up stuffed animals that had fallen from a department store shelf, to the day she stepped through the doors of the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley in California, Terri Crisp seemed driven by destiny to save animals in trouble. Out of Harm's Way is the unforgettable story of how she began her life's work, and of the often… See more details below
From the time she was a child, picking up stuffed animals that had fallen from a department store shelf, to the day she stepped through the doors of the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley in California, Terri Crisp seemed driven by destiny to save animals in trouble. Out of Harm's Way is the unforgettable story of how she began her life's work, and of the often miraculous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always courageous rescues she achieved along the way. In the darkest moments of disaster, Terri Crisp has generated the most lasting memories of her life. Complete with heartwarming photographs and an invaluable resource section for rescuing and aiding animals in disaster situations, Out of Harm's Way is her passionate story: the deeply moving, inspiring account of one woman's desire to give the greatest gifts of all - love, care, and unending devotion - to aid in the survival of all our animal friends, great and small. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to United Animal Nations.
Since 1983, Crisp has devoted herself to saving animals during natural and man-made disasters. From her early volunteer work with the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley, helping stranded pets during local San Francisco Bay area floods and fires, to her recent full-time job as director of Emergency Animal Rescue Services (a nationwide Red Crosstype program for animals), Crisp's dedication and determination are undaunted. During her first rescue mission, Crisp learned first-hand how to aid animals during a flood. Among the 100 animals she helped save were a drowning puppy she clutched from the floodwater, a stranded 300-pound hog, and a cat locked inside a washing machine in a house with the water waist-high. The experience changed her life forever, and she vowed not only to make herself available to help whenever needed but to create something she discovered was sorely lackinga nationwide animal rescue plan that could be followed during any catastrophe. Over the years, Crisp's work has expanded from local emergencies to national ones. She spent six months organizing clean-up efforts for seabirds and otters after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, helped place innumerable homeless animals after Florida's Hurricane Andrew, and set up animal relief services during the devastating St. Charles flood in Missouri. An appendix lists invaluable tips for safeguarding your own dogs, cats, birds, and horses during a disaster.
Crisp's highly personalized accounts of daring rescues, incredible volunteer efforts, and the bonds of tenderness that form between humans and animals are quite touchingthough at times she can go on about the wonder of it all.
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